Isle of Wight Studio School

The Isle of Wight Studio School was founded in East Cowes in 2014. It brought with it a new and totally different type of state school, offering rigorous academic qualifications in English, Mathematics, Science, Business and Enterprise and high quality vocational qualifications, such as Engineering, coupled with employer-led real work projects.

In April 2018 Inspire Academy Trust announced plans to close the school because there were “too few students choosing to study in Years 12 and 13”.

Parents, pupils and even the head teacher fought back.

Below are articles relating to the Isle of Wight Studio School.

Isle of Wight Council will not step in to save Studio School

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A 4,000 strong petition has been calling for the Isle of Wight council to step in and help save the school. The cabinet member responsible has been pretty quiet up until now.

Thursday, 3rd May, 2018 3:18pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

Letter: Politicians need to ‘step forward with urgency’ to save Studio School

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The national education spokesperson for the Green Party claims "local and national politicians who make speeches about social mobility, improving standards and increasing opportunities for young people outside of the classroom, really must step forward with urgency, put these words into action" and fight to save the Isle of Wight Studio School.

Thursday, 3rd May, 2018 7:39am

By Vix Lowthion with 6 readers' comments

Letter: Parents make strong case for the Studio School to be saved

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Parents of students at the Isle of Wight Studio School urge Islanders to help them fight to save this well-performing and happy school that provides a much-needed alternative for an important number of students on the Island.

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018 6:45pm

By Sharon Lake with 3 readers' comments

More calls for Isle of Wight Studio School to be saved from closure

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East Cowes Labour Party Secretary says that although they do not support the concept of Studio Schools in principle, they note that a change of model should be possible, to save the provision and build upon the promising work done by the local school.

Monday, 30th April, 2018 1:23pm

By Sally Perry

Councillor urges parents to object to school closure plans

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The councillor says those who believe in the provision of alternative and diverse learning environments, which suit the requirements of children and young people with different learning needs, should resist this school closure.

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018 9:33am

By Cllr Karl Love with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Studio School set to close due to too few students

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After five years since opening, the Isle of Wight Studio school is to close in Summer 2019.

Monday, 23rd April, 2018 5:47pm

By Ben Walker with 2 readers' comments

Business leaders come together to inspire young people

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Business leaders from a range of industries on the Isle of Wight attended the first 'Your Future' event at the Isle of Wight Studio School last week to help inform and inspire students on possible future career paths.

Monday, 18th September, 2017 7:10am

By Lindsey McHugh with one comment

Isle of Wight school funding: Analysis of who will gain or lose under NFF

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How will Isle of Wight schools be affected if the proposed funding changes are introduced in 2018/19? OnTheWight breaks down how each IW school will all do - and by how much.

Thursday, 15th December, 2016 4:53pm

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are part of new GCSE measurements: How to make sense of them (updated)

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Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are just two of the new ways of measuring performance of schools across the country. OnTheWight shares a handy slideshow which makes sense of the new measurements.

Monday, 7th November, 2016 3:42pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight GCSE results: Breakdown of results (update 6)


Following last week's GCSE results day, academies and colleges around the Isle of Wight will be sharing a more detail breakdown of attainment. This article will be updated throughout the day.

Tuesday, 30th August, 2016 9:16am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Studio School won’t be affected by closure of sister school says head

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The fall in numbers at the sister school in Southampton has resulted in its closure at the end of term, but it won't affect the isle of Wight Studio School assures the head teacher.

Monday, 13th July, 2015 5:25pm

By Sally Perry with one comment